● business planning
● cable system testing
● community broadband
● engineering design
● grant planning & management
● public networking
● public safety
● rural communications
● smart grid
● wireless tower siting
CTC offers incomparable expertise in the areas of independent business model analyses for large-scale communications networks and fiber optic network feasibility studies. We have provided independent business and financial guidance for public and non-profit communications networks, including those of universities, state and local governments, municipal utilities, and healthcare entities.
Our staff of experienced financial analysts and business strategists has analyzed both proposed communications projects and ongoing operations. We help identify business hurdles and opportunities, assisting clients to understand and market to potential customer segments. We also analyze regional markets for networking services and can provide guidance for how to accurately price products and services.
Grants can play a central role in financing communications infrastructure projects, and CTC has successfully supported clients in many federal and regional grant application processes. Notably, we helped clients prepare several successful applications for Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) funding, and have also prepared successful Department of Homeland Security grant applications.
CTC is committed to financial analysis that is fundamentally conservative in nature. We will not make projections based on overly optimistic assumptions. Our goal is to prepare well-documented financial projections so that decision-makers have a clear understanding of the financial risks and rewards involved.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
CTC completed a business and technology plan for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to determine the feasibility of using the Department’s fiber network to offer services to the public and businesses. Our team assessed existing DWP communications infrastructure and interviewed potential customers for networking services. Based on these findings CTC discussed the potential benefits and risks associated with different business models and deployment strategies.
CTC has also long served as technical adviser to the City of Los Angeles on fiber and cable matters and has performed long-term performance evaluation and inspection of existing broadband networks. CTC designed a fiber optic network for Los Angeles, and advised the City on the technical feasibility of open access networking.
Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER)
CTC provided KINBER, a statewide fiber optic network in Pennsylvania and recipient of a $99.6 million BTOP grant, with extensive support in developing their business model and pricing schedule. Our team conducted interviews with KINBER project stakeholders to assess the statewide market for networking services. We combined this information with our existing, in-depth knowledge of public sector networking initiatives, markets, and pricing schedules. We then presented different business model scenarios based on varying take rates of the networking services offered. We gave preliminary marketing advice and conducted initial outreach on behalf of KINBER to potential new members. CTC also prepared engineering advice for how to provide networking services cost-effectively.
One Maryland Broadband Network
CTC provided extensive business planning, business modeling, and pro forma preparation for the State of Maryland’s One Maryland Broadband Network (OMBN) program, a BTOP-funded initiative to build an interconnected fiber-optic broadband network that will reach every county and city in Maryland and will provide backbone and middle-mile capacity for commercial carriers. CTC also prepared a market analysis and marketing plan for the 10-jurisdiction Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) that is the largest entity in the OMBN.
CTC provided a network feasibility study for the Ocala Utility Services as they evaluated how to expand their existing municipal fiber network. The report included a competitive assessment of existing private sector broadband services. We also conducted market research with statistically significant surveys of the local commercial and residential sectors to assess current and future demand for high-speed connectivity. Based on these results, our team offered three options for potential network expansion. Each of the proposed scenarios included in-depth analysis of financial costs, business models, and potential benefits to the community. CTC also delivered an in person presentation to the Ocala City Council to summarize and explain the findings of the report.
San Francisco, CA
Over the past several years, CTC prepared a series of path-breaking analyses of the feasibility of the City building and operating a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to every home and business in San Francisco—including analysis of multiple business models and financial recommendations customized for San Francisco’s unique circumstances, as well as a system design and detailed analysis of candidate architectures and open access models. Our team also helped the City with business planning, financial analysis, and engineering design to support its preparation of a BTOP application for the FTTP project.
Since 2008, CTC has conducted a feasibility study, business case analysis, and “off-the-balance-sheet” benefits analysis for the city’s proposed fiber-optic network. The first study, “FTTP Municipal Broadband Risks and Benefits Evaluation,” included an evaluation of the business case and business risks, an internal needs analysis, market research, and an assessment of competing services and technologies.
Following on that report, CTC researched and wrote an “FTTP Benefits Evaluation” for the City, which explored the benefits of FTTP beyond the traditional financial statements, including cost avoidance, monetary savings, and environmental impact.
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